Sept. 5, 2006
THIS WEEK: The Cougars (2-1-1) welcome Nevada (3-0-0) and Sacramento State (2-1-0) to Lower Soccer Field...WSU faces Nevada Friday, Sept. 8, at 3 p.m...Cougars take on Sacramento State Sunday, Sept. 10, at noon...Friday's match is second meeting between WSU and Nevada with the Wolf Pack winning last match (2005) 3-0...Sunday's games marks WSU's first meeting with Sacramento State.
HEAD COACH Matt Potter SAYS: "Nevada will be a stern test. They are undefeated to date and we were well and truly beaten on the road in Reno last fall. Terri [Patraw] is a fierce competitor and by the start they have had, it looks like they have picked up right where they left off last fall. They return the majority of a group that is now seasoned and used to winning, so we will need to be at our best.
"In Sacramento State we see a team that is also off to a good start and its only loss comes to Nevada. They are averaging 15 shots a game and, by all accounts, are disciplined and a talented team. It will be a great weekend, and with the support we had from the stands last home games, we can't wait to see everyone again!"
LAST WEEK: Washington State traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the Utah Fall Classic Tournament...Cougars fell 2-1 to then ranked No. 24 Utah in a double-overtime match Sept. 1...freshman Carly Dobratz recorded the first goal of her Cougar career in the contest...WSU blanked Utah State 1-0 Sept. 3 in its last match of the Fall Classic... Sasha Baines scored the WSU game-winner.
POTTER SAYS: "We continue to be challenged and continue to learn. The response to what have been four completely different tests has been superb. We are yet to be at our best and have only one loss in double-overtime to a very talented team in Utah, on the road. The pieces are falling into place and, although we have been dealt a blow with injuries, we have shown the ability to adapt and those that have the opportunity now have to continue the momentum and good work of others."
SCOUTING THE WOLF PACK: WSU faces Nevada (3-0-0) Friday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m...Nevada comes off a 1-0 victory against Wisconsin-Green Bay Sept. 1 and a 4-0 win over Northern Iowa Sept. 3 ...2006 Wolf Pack returns 14 letterwinners and 10 starters from a squad that had a 11-7-2 overall record in 2005, the best overall record in school history...Nevada had 4-2-1 record in Western Athletic Conference play...head coach Terri Patraw enters her third season with Nevada...Patraw has a 13-23-3 record with the program and a 63-64-6 overall career record... among the Wolf Pack's top players are senior Aivi Liuk and sophomore Karen Zmirak...Liuk finished 2005 with five goals, earning second team All-WAC honors...Zmirak joined the Wolf Pack last spring and is pacing the Nevada attack with four goals in 2006.
SCOUTING THE HORNETS: Washington State takes on Sacramento State (2-1-0) Sunday, Sept. 10 at noon...Hornets are 2-1-0 in 2006, coming off a 2-1 victory against UC Davis Sept. 3...2006 marks Sacramento State's third campaign under head coach Katie Poynter who has a 11-23-3 record with the program...Hornets finished 8-8-3 overall and 4-1-1 in the Big Sky Conference...Sacramento State returns 14 letterwinners from its 2005 squad including juniors Katie McCoy and Kayelyn Satkowski...McCoy finished 2005 with seven goals, earning All-Big Sky Conference first team honors...Satkowski recorded two goals in 2005 and has already notched two in 2006, both game-winners.
YOUTH SOCCER MONTH: September marks Youth Soccer Month and the Cougar join the celebration Sunday, Sept. 10, when they face Sacramento State...Youth Soccer Month is dedicated to increasing awareness of the benefits of playing Youth Soccer in Americana...as part of the celebration, the Cougars will hold a raffle for a ball signed by the entire squad and hold an autograph session at the conclusion of the game...t-shirts and a Youth Soccer Prize pack will also be awarded during the match.
UP NEXT: The Cougars continue their home schedule, hosting Montana Friday, Sept. 15, at noon and Idaho Sunday, Sept. 17 at noon.